Ahmed Kathrada: A life of service and struggle
Kathrada spent 26 years and 3 months in prison‚ 18 of which were on Robben Island
Struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada died early on Tuesday morning‚ his foundation said. The 87-year-old Kathrada was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital on Saturday‚ March 4‚ initially for dehydration but doctors later picked up a clot on his brain‚ which was subsequently removed. On March 15‚ the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation’s director Neeshan Balton disclosed his recovery from his operation had been “slower than hoped for”. He said “Uncle Kathy” had “experienced several health-related setbacks”. He leaves behind his wife‚ Barbara Hogan‚ 65‚ an ANC activist who was jailed for treason. They met on his release from prison and she later served as an MP and Cabinet Minister in the post-apartheid era.